Patient Safety Update: Computerized Provider Order Entry Reduces Medication Errors in HospitalsAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) sent this bulletin at 06/06/2013 12:42 PM EDT
Computerized provider order entry (CPOE), where physicians enter medication orders into a computer system which then transmits the order directly to the pharmacy, are becoming more common in hospitals as a method to reduce medication errors, according to a patient safety primer available on AHRQ’s Patient Safety Network (PSNet).
The primer provides a summary of the benefits and implementation issues commonly seen in CPOE use:
- Unintended consequences
- AIert fatigue
- Possible integration with Clinical Decision Support Systems.